Thorndike Press


  • Katherine Applegate
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432848216
  • ISBN-13: 9781432848217
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .85 lbs ( .39 kgs)
  • 226 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2018
  • Bestsellers



A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An Autumn 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List “Top Pick” Title

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree” ― people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Katherine Applegate at her very best, writing from the heart.


Customer Reviews

“Newbery Award–winning author Applegate meets high expectations in this tale told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is "two hundred and sixteen rings old." . . . Another stunning effort from Applegate. This thoughtful read is a top choice for middle graders.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“Timely, necessary, and brimming with heart.”

— Booklist (starred)

“The simplicity of Newbery Medalist Applegate's graceful novel contrasts powerfully with the prejudice it confronts. . . . Red's openhearted voice and generosity of spirit bring perspective gained over centuries of observation. It's a distinctive call for kindness, delivered by an unforgettable narrator.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A deceptively simple, tender tale in which respect, resilience, and hope triumph.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)